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Grateful Dead Live at Madison Square Garden on 1988-09-18


Topics Live concert


Feel Like A Stranger-> Franklin's Tower, Good Time Blues, Big Railroad Blues, Memphis Blues, Stagger Lee, Promised Land Not Fade Away-> Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> Space-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> Throwin' Stones, E: Black Muddy River


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Madison Square Garden
Location NYC, NY

Source SBD>MC>C?>DAT>CDR

Notes

SBD>MC>C?>DAT>CDR; via Jools; Seeded to etree by eD

Reviews

Reviewer: splue - - March 26, 2011
Subject: never trust a woman
remember thet if u ever get to meet one
Reviewer: TeaBag69 - - March 26, 2011
Subject: Solid late '80's show..
that's about it, the band had nothing like the power of '85 but a good run nonetheless. This show had some good moments but really doesn't go anywhere. Like most of '87-'90.
Reviewer: BIG_R - - September 20, 2010
Subject: 9-18-88
Nice show. Crispy board.
Reviewer: John Bouffard - - December 11, 2008
Subject: Wharfrat
Sweet version with alot of passion. The ups and downs coupled with the harmonies is just about as perfect as you can/could get. Enjoy the ride.
Reviewer: AcousticPob - - September 18, 2008
Subject: top 10 shows
One of the top 10 shows of all time. The energy poring off that stage could have lit NYC for days if not Months. To give this anything less than 5 stars is absurd. Go get some q-tips, get the wax outa your ears and Crank It Up! This show is Hot Hot Hot all the way through!
Reviewer: lenphish - - September 19, 2006
Subject: Dont Hate on hard times
you guys are all definitely a lil harsh..... i think the shows hot, even tho you think otherwise..... Im defending cuz this is my bros B-Day Show!!! 9-18-88.... happy B_Day Tony G.... If thers a quarrel with me..... try hittin up my B-Day show... 2-26-77....... Terrapin and Estimated Prophit.... debut live for the first time just around the moment i was born!!!! killer show, pass it on !!
Reviewer: jboyaquar - - February 1, 2006
Subject: Charmingly appealing
1st Set: After being in the city for at least 4 days, could they really still feel like "Stranger"s? Maybe all of this time away from home is wearing especially thin... It's slinky but middling and slight. "Franklin's" is is quiet and respective, but not noteworthy. Yea Brent, tell us how you're feeling...like hell, huh? Well, you're sounding A-Ok during a spicy "Never Trust." Standout perf. An extended (almost 5 minutes) simple, spiffy "Big Railroad" follows. Despite a muddled beginning "Memphis Blues" is standard. "Stagger" is also polite, quite easy to listen to, but not a full meal. "Promised" is equally as casual though it heats up in the last minute.

2nd Set: Those drum beats sound awfully like 'Man Smart' but at :15 the subtle momentum makes itself fully pronounced as it's all about "Not Fad(e)ing Away." They run through a slightly askew and screeching boogie jam that adeptly segues into "Scarlet." A insistingly happy easy to like version that doesn't allow its minor excursions to prevent from seguing into "Fire" at 6:30. Yes, Jerry flies on his magic carpet all throughout the three's. The second jam in the sixes is more delicate and features odd bird-calls xylos by Mick. There's our "Man Smart" Brent owns that second verse, his voice sounds clear and high-pitched as if he still had his long hair from the early 80s...Oopsy Bobby at 2:46, a round too soon...but he coyly still gets his 'Listen' in. The slowdown so the crowd can singalong and thereby agree even if not intending too, is more deliberate this time as we head into "Drums." Early repeats of the 'NFA' groove give way to your standard "Drums." "Space" are compassionate celestial comets cannoned...I'm twirling as we enter the "TOO" zone. Things become serious after the first verse (3:19)and then turn into a video game by the 5's though it's intense. There's far much livliness to "Wharf" for it to be devestating yet it's a superlative, hopeful in the carrier's strength..."Throwing's" got some errors, but it's funkier than the norm. Did Bobby lose his voice/mic during the final build-up or was the intention for the crowd to sing it for him? The reprise is a bit jarring and there's little music, but the crowd obliges by taking over.

A couple more "NFA" riffs and then a settler known as "Black Muddy." Heartfelt.

3 1/3
Reviewer: Pourik - - October 21, 2005
Subject: All time favorite 2nd Set....
...if you like energetic playing, crazy bastard fans, and Bobby Weir's tight jean-shorts...then this is the show for you.
Included here is one of the most heartfelt Wharf Rats ever...brings a tear to me eye.
Reviewer: lobster12 - - March 10, 2005
Subject: fun show
Never Trust a woman and stagger lee are first set highlights. LONG break before coming out for set 2 prompted the NFA chant. Bobby's mic goes out on thorowing stones and the crowd has to sing the rest of the verse. Fun show
Reviewer: MasterE - - July 22, 2004
Subject: Good show...
Due to me listening to all these great shows in my office on my laptop at work...i dont have the luxury of cranking the shit out of it until i get back....however, this show sounds really good. Im not sure the playing is as good as the setlist, but they do sound like they're having fun. The next year really gets me going...love those fuckin '89 shows. Fuckers dont fool around!!
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